It was only last October when Superorganism played their first ever London gig. Back then when they stepped out for their second ever live show, front woman Orono, a tiny 17-year-old Japanese student, barely mumbled between the music. Four months on, with the support from Radio 1’s Annie Mac and more eyes on the band than before, it’s a whole different ball game.
The eight-piece collective embrace their madness from the get-go, entering the stage like a high-vis rain mac cult, jingling bells and peering up from their hoods to reveal glitter-smattered faces. The cogs begin to turn and ‘It’s All Good’ kicks in, with offbeat percussion and vocal sound effects ricocheting between the different components in the band. ‘Nobody Cares’ follows with its lethargic and swampy bass line before a strange interlude of a space transmission flashing across the many screen backdrops. Make no mistake; this is as much an art exhibition as it is a gig.
“I know you can’t see me cos I’m short but I’d like to say thank you for coming out” says deadpan singer Orono, more vocal now than ever before and commanding her band mates in between songs like an unruly child in class. The group are at their most appealing during glitchy ballad and latest single ‘Reflections on the Screen’ and Peter Bjorn and John style ‘Night Time’ with their collective chants of “wake up, wake up, wake up”. Things take another turn for the weird and wonderful though with the effortlessly catchy art-pop track ‘Prawn Song’ and ‘Nai’s March’ which does all in its power to avoid radio-friendly commercial hooks.
“I think it’s appropriate we wear sunglasses for this song because sunglasses are cool” pipes up Orono with no hint of irony before their biggest hit yet ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’, which sees her being lifted up by backing singer Saul as she boasts of her fame. It’s rock ‘n’ roll completely reimagined. They round things off with ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D’, and the crowd shout back every word. If Superorganism continue to accelerate with this amount of hype then they might need more than sunglasses to stop them being recognised in the street.